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Cardinals minor league spring training notebook: 03/18/14

Following are the highlights from the St. Louis Cardinals adjusted minor league games on Tuesday, March 18. Before heavy rains hit the area in the early morning hours, Memphis and Springfield were planning to play the Mets at Port St. Lucie and New York’s two Class-A clubs were heading to Jupiter.

Instead, due to concerns over grounds conditions, both organizations decided to stay home. The Cardinals adjusted to have the two upper level and two lower level clubs face each other – at least defensively. In a twist to maximize competition, each team’s hitters faced its own pitchers, so Memphis pitching opposed the Memphis lineup, etc.

This spring, Cardinals baseball operations assistant Tony Ferreira is sharing highlights from minor league spring training contests. As always, the raw data is his, but the comments and awards are mine. Unfortunately, while all pitchers are accounted for, only top hitters’ data is shared.

When players are members of The Cardinal Nation Top 40 for 2014, their rankings are noted (TCN).

Tuesday’s hitter of the day: Ronald Castillo was drawing raves in camp even before his two home-run performance Tuesday. To be honest, I saw only one of them, but it was hit on a rope.

Tuesday’s pitcher of the day: If Eric Fornataro was unhappy about being sent down from St. Louis, he took it out on the Memphis hitters with a 1-2-3 inning. The right-hander’s fastball was in the 94-96 mph range.

The Cardinal Nation subscribers can check out my in-depth report of Tuesday’s action, directly from Jupiter. This includes information not reported elsewhere including batting orders, scheduled pitch counts, pitcher velocity readings and even Oscar Taveras‘ results!

Also on the site are the minor league spring training invitees, full minor league spring training game schedules and more. Seven-day free trials are always available.

The entire system view by level and position as last season ended is available via the Roster Matrix, free, right here at The Cardinal Nation Blog.

Springfield (4-0) 6, Memphis (2-1-1) 4

Memphis pitching TCN IP H ER BB K Notes Memphis hitting Pos TCN AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB K Notes
Boone Whiting #30 3 4 1 1 3 Lives on high fastball Patrick Wisdom 3B #15 3 1 1 1 Double was a shot into LF corner
Heath Wyatt 2 1 Jonathan Rodriguez 1B 3 1 2 1 Robbed by S Rodriguez from 3-for-3 day
Logan Billbrough 1 2 88-89 mph Greg Miclat SS 3 1 1 1 Rule 5 addition
Dean Kiekhefer 1 Very low K & BB rate in 2013 Matt Williams 2B 3 1 1 1 One-hopper off LF fence vs. Whiting
Eric Fornataro #39 1 94-96 mph gas
Lee Stoppelman #18 1 2 1 1 Just down from MLB camp
Springfield pitching TCN IP H ER BB K Notes Springfield hitting Pos TCN AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB K Notes
Kurt Heyer 3 4 2 3 5 Many swings, some misses Breyvic Valera DH #31 4 1 2 Not much power, but can hit
Tyler Melling 2 2 1 Nick Longmire LF 4 1 1 2 1 2-run shot to LF off Baker slider
Corey Baker 1 3 2 1 One big mistake to Longmire Colin Walsh 2B 2 1 1 1 2 Could be poised for a strong year
Iden Nazario 1 1 1 1 Yielded HR to S Rodriguez Alex Mejia 3B 3 1 2 1 1 Triple to LC, Note D assignment
Dixon Llorens 1 3 Strike zone troubles
Joe Donofrio 1 Deceptive 3/4 delivery

Palm Beach (2-2) 4, Peoria (2-3) 0

Palm Beach pitching TCN IP H ER BB K Notes Palm Beach hitting Pos TCN AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB K Notes
Rob Kaminsky #5 3 1 4 1 Very deliberate on mound Ronald Castillo LF 4 2 3 2 2 1 Was getting good reviews before today
Arturo Reyes 2 1 2 Quietly getting good marks Justin Ringo 1B 3 1 2
Josh Lucas 1 1 1 Just 4.9 K / 9 IP last season Nick Martini RF 4 2 1 1 Triple was hit hard to RC gap
Brandon Lee 1 1 NDFA from So Car Upstate
Steven Gallardo 1 1 91-92 mph
Nick Lomascolo 1 2 12.5 K / 9 IP at Johnson City
Peoria pitching TCN IP H ER BB K Notes Peoria hitting Pos TCN AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB K Notes
Jimmy Reed 3 2 1 1 HR to Castillo, also pickoff Oscar Mercado SS #22 4 2 1 Tall and lean, nice swing
Michael Holback 2 1 1 2 12 K / 9 IP at Johnson City
Jeff Rauh 1 1 1 1 9.9 K / 9 IP w/State College
Jhonny Polanco 1 1 2 93-94 mph
Kyle Grana 1 1 2 1 4.1 K/BB ratio in 2013
Joe Scanio 1 2 1

Wednesday’s games: The Cardinals will face off against the Marlins on the Miami side of the Jupiter complex on Wednesday. Generally, all five teams would be in action against the Marlins, but that may depend on pitching availability. Update: Only four games will be held, with Peoria 2 not playing.

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One Response to “Cardinals minor league spring training notebook: 03/18/14”

  1. JumboShrimp says:

    Ending the relationship with Dr. Paletta may be good for all concerned.
    It may not have been his fault, but Paletta was around during a team era of iffy medical decisions and players playing thru pains.
    Good to turn the page and establish a new era.

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